Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted he has made a number of mistakes during his two years in charge at the club.
The Gers are poised to end their second season under the Englishman’s guidance without a trophy, unless they win the Europa League, but Gerrard says he is still learning as a young coach and that he will stay true to the advice Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave him:
“I had a real honest and open conversation with Jurgen Klopp for a couple of hours and the advice he gave me was: ‘Don’t go into this as Steven Gerrard with the name on your back. Go back to the beginning and strip it back like a car.'”
“‘Get your pitch confidence and get used to tactics and different formations. Try things, make mistakes and get it horribly, wildly wrong. Experiment and do all these things away from the camera but before you test yourself in the Europa League, before you test yourself in front of thousands and thousands of fans – put yourself in a better position before you go in there.'” ‘Because I’ve seen tons of footballers with their names on their backs go in there and it doesn’t work.'”
“That was the best bit of advice. I don’t think I will ever get a better piece of advice than that. Strip it right back and go back to the beginning. I have made mistakes over the last couple of years as Rangers manager but the trick is to learn from them. But this is a job where it’s impossible not to make them because you’re up against so many other good coaches.”
Gerrard has had to endure a difficult couple of months at Rangers since the winter break with his side having fallen way behind Celtic in the race for the Premiership title, as well as being knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Hearts.
He will, though, be hoping to guide the Light Blues to a second successive win over their Old Firm rivals when they come against Neil Lennon’s side at Ibrox this Sunday. A victory would close the gap at the top to ten points.